“A feast for the lover of elegant prose and thoughtful storytelling. It is a layered, intricate and unique work of extraordinary craftsmanship. It will reward the careful reader with much to reflect on and characters that last in memory. It lives up to the legacy of the great American novel.”

– Stephen Vessels, Award-winning author, The Mountain and the Vortex

“This novel earns its status as a literary work, but it also packs enough storytelling pizazz to keep even the most jaundiced reader turning pages. It’s got gangsters, barroom brawls, a chase through the circus and an illicit love affair, with stunning period atmosphere dripping from every page. This story takes the reader on a carnival ride through a world populated by characters we recognize despite their attempted masquerade. We look into its funhouse mirror and what we find, though transformed, at times even grotesque, is undeniably ourselves.”

– Author, Writer’s conference workshop leader, Karen Ford.

“A big novel written in absolutely authentic language from the Twenties and the Great Depression.”

– Pierre Dornac

“I truly felt that the book excelled far beyond expectations in its portrayals that pull readers back to the era of flappers and gangsters. The sheer level of precision of the 20’s dialogue and emotional response of the era that Schulz spins merit a strong show of appreciation, for not many are able to truly capture a point in history as he has. I encourage fans of the era to definitely try it. Fans of the Great Gatsby, will be interested in this Schulz’s series.”

– K. Russo

“This novel is unlike any other work of contemporary American fiction. The elegiac prose style is reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Cormac McCarthy. It is a sweeping story, an epic story, a BIG story of life in Depression-era America and of one man’s search for his place in it. This is a book that should have been on everyone’s short list for every award they hand out to writers as prodigious as Schulz, who is not afraid to tackle big ideas about life, morality, love, loss and mortality.”

– Marianne Dougherty

“What Schulz has achieved with this trilogy is an exploration of the dual nature of the human soul. Are we animal or angel? This novel speaks to what we all seek: an answer to who we are. Are we the sum of all we do, good or bad? Can we pick and choose? Finally, can we become the people we hope to be? I think, with this book, we have reason for optimism. This isn’t a sugar-coated lesson here. This is a book that shows you Chicago as it was, and human beings as they are. The writing and voice are as good as they get. A beautifully-crafted, epic and important book.”
– Lorelei Armstrong, Author of “In The Face”